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Subacute & chronic cholecystitis

nabernhardt

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The patient had a lap chole performed and the path report came back as subacute and chronic cholecystitis. I am not sure whether to use the dx code for just chronic cholecystitis or the dx code for both acute and chronic cholecystitis? Any suggestions please?

I am leaning more towards chonic cholecystitis.
 
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Cholecystitis

I agree that you should only use the code for Chronic Cholecystitis. I am the coder for a General Surgery practice, and have also seen the "sub-acute" note on path reports. If it does not document acute, you cannot code acute.

Hope that helps,
Vickie
 
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